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Man gets 3 life terms in sex assault

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

MOULTON — A Danville man who pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree attempted sodomy, kidnapping and burglary received three consecutive life sentences.

Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Bob Lang said Timothy Charles Lipscomb, 42, formerly of 2491 Lawrence County 72, entered the plea in front of Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

"We're pleased that he should be going away for what we hope is the rest of his life," Lang said.

Lipscomb was out on probation for two previous sexual assaults when he broke into a neighbor's home at about 7 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2004. Lang said Lipscomb sexually assaulted the woman and then took her to his home, where he sexually assaulted her again.

Three years earlier, Lipscomb pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary. Circuit Judge Philip Reich sentenced him a to 15-year prison sentence on each charge, but he served only two years in Lawrence County Jail before his release in November 2003 under terms of his split sentence.

Lang said Lipscomb's attorney, Chris Malcom, filed a motion that the prosecution not be allowed to use Lipscomb's prior convictions. Thompson ruled, however, at a hearing Monday that those priors could be used.

Lang said Malcom then advised his client to plead guilty. Thompson was on the case after Reich recused himself because he knows the victim.

Lang said he thought the plea was a good deal because he received life sentences instead of the maximum 16 years under new sentencing guidelines. He said that, under general rules, Lipscomb would be eligible to apply for parole after 10 years.

The Sheriff's Department transferred Lipscomb, who has been in jail since his arrest, to the state Department of Corrections, which will assign him to one of the state's prisons.

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